Harsh Punishment for Nick Diaz by NSAC
In a very shocking decision made today by the NSAC over Nick Diaz the Nevada commissioners voted to levy a five-year suspension instead of the three-year we all were expecting stemming from a failed post-fight drug test on Jan. 31 at UFC 183.
The suspension, retroactive to fight night, was passed unanimously at a hearing in Las Vegas. Diaz was also fined $150,000 — 33-percent of his $500,000 UFC 183 fight purse.
Nevada commissioners pointed to Diaz’s status as a repeat offender when discussing the severity of their punishment. Diaz tested positive for marijuana use in Nevada in both 2007 and 2012.
“We had an athlete that came before us in 2007 and he promised, ‘I’m not going to do this ever again,”‘ commissioner Pat Lundvall said. “Then we saw him again in 2012, and we know that he failed to show for a drug test than in 2009. We’re now in 2015, and it doesn’t appear that any of these proceedings have had an impact on the athlete, and it doesn’t appear that the athlete is afforded the respect that this commission and the opportunity and the privilege for him to fight in the state then affords.”
Even though he had pleaded the fifth multiple times in the hearing he had plenty to say to MMA Junkie afterwards.
“I’m pretty pissed off,” Diaz told MMAjunkie after the hearing. “First of all, this sport, this commission and everybody, they’ve done everything they can to keep me from being all the way on top where I should be. They’ve been doing everything they could to keep me from proving to the world that I’m the best fighter in the world, which I am.
“Those people are nothing but a bunch of crooks up there. The reason why I became a fighter, on top of a handful of reasons, was so that I don’t have to break the law. People around me in my community, people I know, they don’t have to break the law either. We even did a lot of good. They got me in here sweating bullets in a freaking court room with my lawyers because they all think I’m going to flip out and do something really nuts like I was about this close to doing. I just think that it’s bullshit. I’ll fight anybody in this whole sport. I’ll beat everybody that – I’ve already beat guys that are on the top right now. This is the sort of reason that people don’t understand that I’m the best fighter in the world. They don’t understand that.”
“I wanted to tell them what I think; I wanted to tell each and every one of that they’re a bunch of dorks,” Diaz said. “Anybody that sees them or knows who they are should tell them that to their face, because I would. I would tell them. I would tell them that if it wasn’t for my experts over here, they advised me to keep my mouth shut so I keep my mouth shut.
“I wanted to tell them all, ‘Look, you guys are way the f-ck out of line. You guys are trying to hold me down from Day 1.’ That’s pretty much this whole sport trying to keep me from where I belong, and that’s the No. 1 position. I’m the biggest draw; I’m the best fighter. I’ve been fighting for longer. I’ve been throwing more punches than anyone in the sport. I’m going to dodge more punches than anyone in the sport. That’s the bottom line and what’s really going on. We got a whole system trying to hold me down.”
And about not being able to corner his brother in December
“I can’t even go – my brother has a fight coming up; are you going to tell me I can’t even go corner my brother when he goes in? This isn’t a sport, this is war; this is warfare. This is a war game. He’s going in their to fight for his life and I can’t even go stand next to him?” Diaz said. “They deprive me on not just money now, but the right to stand up for not only what I believe in, but for my little brother. I can’t even go help my little brother. I’m like, ‘Y’all can go get knocked the f-ck out. all of you whole little, everybody in the room right now, but I got to keep my cool and walk around.”
We, as fans, are left as confused as Diaz since there have been many fighters, Anderson Silva being one, who has tested positive for steroids and only received a one year suspension. Jon Jones cocaine incident, no suspension. Yes, Diaz is a repeat offender however many debates have gone on whether marijuana is actually a performance enhancing drug.
So we have more of Diaz and how mad he is.
“I never did steroids in my life; that’s another thing I’ll tell you right now,” Diaz said. “I know all the fighters and they’re all on steroids. All you motherf-ckers are on steroids. All you motherf-ckers, all of you are on steroids. I already know that. I’m the only person in this sport, for the most part, that ain’t on steroids. Now there’s new rules in effect and there’s guys who aren’t on steroids now, but they used to be. They’ve always been on steroids. I’ve never been on steroids and I didn’t break the rules now. I tested under.”
Diaz reps said they will be filing an appeal, but for now he will be stuck on the sideline. That doesn’t only suck for him but us as fans. The Diaz brothers are always a fan favorite with their trash talk before and during fights and antics inside the octagon. With the diminishing of fan favorites in the UFC like Anderson Silva, Jon Jones and GSP what we have left right now in the spotlight and getting the big UFC push is outlandish fighters like Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier doing all they can to keep the fans attention.